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Stubborn heat wave triggers another statewide Flex Alert; conservation critical!
August 13, 2012 (Folsom, Calif.)  --  The week-long heat wave in California is picking up steam again and the mercury on the rise. A Flex Alert is in effect tomorrow and consumers are urged to reduce their energy use.

The ISO thanks consumers for their tremendous conservation efforts during last Friday’s Flex Alert.  Nearly 1,000 megawatts in energy reduction helped maintain grid reliability. The level of conservation is equal to the output of two large power plants.
The main grid operator for California asks consumers to repeat efforts. Find Flex Alert tips at www.caiso.com.
Outlook for Tuesday, Aug 14:   Flex Alert!
High temperatures are forecast statewide. Conservation is critical.
Forecast peak demand:   47,500 megawatts
48-Hour Ahead Outlook for Wednesday, Aug 15:   No Flex Alert!
High temperatures are forecast statewide. Conservation helpful, but not critical.
Forecast peak demand:   45,000 megawatts
Go to  www.caiso.com and click “Notify me” to sign up for Flex Alerts and other updates.
• Set thermostat at 78 or higher and turn off, if away
• Cool with fans & draw drapes
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Use major appliances in morning or late evening
STAGE 1 EMERGENCY  Operating reserves forecast to fall to between 7% - 6%
STAGE 2 EMERGENCY Operating reserves forecast to fall below 5%
STAGE 3 EMERGENCY Operating reserves forecast to fall below 3%
Declared when local voltage levels are at risk due to sudden power line outages or when fires threaten the grid.

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